Wolfgang Van Halen has signed a deal to release his debut solo album.
“It’s been a long time coming, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear what I’ve been working on,” said Van Halen, who will handle all vocal and instrumental duties on the as-yet-untitled album.
The 28-year-old son of Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli joined his father and uncle Alex in Van Halen in 2007, replacing founding bassist Michael Anthony. He appeared with the band on 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth studio album and 2015’s Tokyo Dome Live in Concert.
As a band, Van Halen have been inactive since completing their summer 2015 tour. Singer David Lee Roth reported that the group was going to hit the road last summer, with Anthony invited to return in an unspecified capacity. But those plans never materialized, with reports indicating Eddie Van Halen was in the midst of an unspecified health battle. Roth has since returned to the road as a solo artist, first with a Las Vegas residency and currently as the opening act on Kiss‘ farewell tour.